The days of walking the streets anonymously are over. Chances are that our faces are being tracked while doing groceries, often without us knowing. In this dossier, we explore what the increase in the use of facial recognition systems means for our society. Lilian Stolk wonders to what extent AR filters will protect our face against facial recognition technology. Margarita Osipian asks Controle Alt Delete about the role this technology plays in the hands of the Dutch police. Designer Noam Youngrak Son reflects on how AR filters can be used to create a multiplicious identity. Multidisciplinary researcher Emily West highlights the potential of facial recognition technology in patients with dementia. Still want to protect your face? We conclude with an overview of creative ways to block the technology.
The Hmm is an inclusive platform for internet cultures. Through real-life events, online editorials, expert advice, and educational programs, we reflect on people’s online behavior, the latest internet trends, and the mechanisms behind Big Tech companies and their impact on society.